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The Eensy Weensy Book of Little Fingerplays

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Teakettle Press, 2009 | Enormously enjoyable songs and rhymes for playtime with babies, tots, pre-school and primary grade children. This little book of new and traditional songs and rhymes is overflowing with fingerplay fun and imagination! A resource for parents, caregivers, teachers, children’s librarians and early childhood educators. Debbie’s newest project follows her two award-winning CDs for young children – Up and Over the Moon! and Simply Beautiful. Written and collected by Debbie Carroll; illustrated by cartoonist, illustrator and author Patricia Storms. Audio CD performed by Debbie Carroll and Ken Whiteley, produced by Ken Whiteley. Debbie Carroll, Patricia Storms and The Eensy Weensy Book of Little Fingerplays were all made in Canada.

“25 years ago musical entertainment for children was almost a Canadian industry. Streaming through the door that was opened by Raffi and blown in by Sharon, Lois and Bram came a whole procession of artists… Debbie Carroll is the equal of the best of them, and continues the tradition of providing high-quality music for young children….  Carroll has a sweet, perfectly-pitched voice reminiscent of Sharon Hampson, and sings simply and without mannerism…”   Terry Robbins, Wholenote Magazine

Children and the adults who teach and care for them will rejoice with Debbie Carroll’s first book – ‘The Eeensy Weensy Book of Little Fingerplays!’ This is a valuable collection of new and relatively unknown rhymes and songs from a woman who has spent her life working and playing with children. Debbie has chosen 12 fingerplays – small stories that are told using hands to illustrate the actions – and 6 songs – also fingerplays but with lovely tunes to accompany the words. Patricia Storms’ illustrations are simple yet exactly what the rhymes need. The accompanying CD is excellent! Too often CDs that are included with really good books fall short of the book and are only good to listen to once or twice in order to learn the tune. This CD stands on its own and can and will be listened to over and over by children and their caregivers. Debbie’s voice is warm and friendly and Ken Whiteley has used very sparse but tasteful arrangements to bring out the best in each song. This is a lovely collection and it leaves me waiting patiently for the Great Big Book! Please don’t take too long! Kathy Reid-Naiman


Click on a linked song to listen.

  1. Five Little Peas Five Little Peas
  2. I Find a Seed
  3. The Eensy Weensy Spider (song) The Eensy Weensy Spider
  4. This Little Piggy Went to Market
  5. Whoops! Johnny
  6. Here’s a Pot of Tea (song)
  7. A Daisy in the garden
  8. Here is the Beehive
  9. Minnows in the Georgian Bay (song)
  10. The Wise Mother Duck
  11. This River flows
  12. This Little Cow Eats Grass (song)
  13. Five Furry Pussycats
  14. Ten Little Bats
  15. I Shut The Door (song) I Shut The Door
  16. One Train Engine
  17. Here is the Mountain
  18. This is a Baby (song)